France’s data privacy firm has imposed a total fine of $ 163 million on Google (Google) and Amazon (Amazon). On Thursday, the watchdog said that it had fined Google 100 million euros ($ 121 million) and 35 million euros ($ 4.2 million) on Google for breaking the country’s rules on advertising cookies. CNIL said in a statement that the French websites of the two companies did not seek prior approval from Internet users about trackers or cookies, which were automatically saved on computers for the purpose of advertisements.
It says that Google and Amazon have also failed to give clear information to the users about the purpose of these cookies and how they can refuse them. CNIL said that both companies had made changes to their website in the month of September, but even these efforts were not enough as per the French rules.
Google earns profits from cookies
In Google’s case, he stated that he derived substantial profits from the data collected by cookies from non-direct-earned advertising revenue. With this, about 50 million users have been affected by this work. CNIL said that the level of the penalty is reasonable given the seriousness of the violation.
Earlier in December last year, the Competition Authority of France imposed a fine of 150 million euros, or $ 167 million on Google, for misusing its dominance in the online advertising market. This was the first fine imposed on Google by the authority.